Soon. Wreck & Reference.

California’s Wreck & Reference are readying a new full-length album that will be available this June from Flenser Records. 37 minutes in length, it was recorded by the band and they are currently working with Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Whirr, Loma Prieta) for mixing and mastering. This new record sees Wreck and Reference taking a new sonic direction while maintaining their hold on experimental, electronic, and post metal genres: a trainwreck of contradictions that is devastatingly addictive.

Check out a segment of a new track alongside footage of Wreck & Reference in the studio:

Formed in 2011 by drummer Ignat Frege and instrumentalist Felix Skinner, Wreck and Reference play by their own rules and create a sound that is unorthodox and captivating using drums, vocals, and computers. The band released their demo Black Cassette that same year, which immediately turned heads from critics and fans alike. The following year, Wreck and Reference released their debut full-length, Y̶o̶u̶t̶h̶, to more critical praise. Even more dark and mysterious than its predecessor, Y̶o̶u̶t̶h̶ catapulted Wreck and Reference to the forefront of unconventional and mysterious heavy music. The band released their landmark effort C̶o̶n̶t̶e̶n̶t̶ in May of last year on Flenser, which was called “weirdly heavy and unnerving” by NPR.

Song premieres, pre-order information, and more tour dates with coming soon.

WRECK & REFERENCE – ON TOUR w/So Stressed & Hollowed Sunshine
03.20 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
03.22 Howling House – Portland, OR
03.23 Highline Bar – Seattle, WA
03.24 The Boreal – Eugene, OR
03.25 Witch Room – Sacramento, CA

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Panopticon “…On the Subject of Mortality” DLP Reissue Pre-sale

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We are now taking advanced orders for Panopticon’s “…On the Subject of Mortality” on double vinyl.

Panopticon’s reflective meditation on death, “…On The Subject of Mortality,” is back in print in the form it was intended – deluxe, double vinyl mastered at 45 rpm for ultra clean blackened fidelity. Originally released over the course of two split CD releases and as a very limited vinyl edition “…On The Subject of Mortality” sold out quickly fetching absurd prices on the collectors’ market.

Panopticon is an influential North American black metal band originally from Louisville Kentucky. The band is the unilateral expression of mastermind Austin Lunn, also of the death-doom band Seidr. The band has released over twelve full lengths, splits and EP’s, most notability 2012’s black metal/bluegrass genre classic “Kentucky.”

“…On The Subject of Mortality” is Panopticon’s third full-length and most melodic record. Whereas Panopticon’s other releases have been rooted heavily in a blugrass/black metal hybrid sound “…On The Subject of Mortality” is a more ambient album filled with post-metal obtuse dronescapes, Godspeed-like slow builds and blown out blast beats. This repress is limited to 500 copies and is contained within a heavy jacket and an insert.

Ships on or before 4/15/14.

Limited to 500 copies. 200 Copies on Limited electric Blue with Sea Blue Splatter

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1. Living In The Valley Of The Shadow Of Death
2. Living Eulogy
3. To Make An Idol Of Our Fear And Call It God
4. A Message To The Missionary
5. …Seeing…
6. Watching You
Total Running time: 50:15

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Planning for Burial – Desideratum announcement

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Coming May 13th, 2014 from The Flenser

“repetitious, bleak and gloomy indie rock” – Collective Zine
“unshakable and almost haunting” Adequacy.net
“…terrifying… beautiful… triumphant.” – tometotheweathermachine

New Jersey gloom band Planning For Burial will release its first full-length in almost four years this May on SF-based dark music label The Flenser. Titled Desideratum, this album is the band’s first full-length since 2010’s cult hit Leaving (Enemies List).

Simultaneously straddling the line between being completely nostalgic and futurist sounding, Planning For Burial is the product of a single wunderkind taking healthy obsessions with certain influences and filtering them through a droning, gloomy spyglass that evokes only the most concrete blues (the emotion not the music) this side of the gray waters of the Atlantic. While Planning For Burial gets lumped in with the whole wave of “bedroom recording artists” (which is where the project toiled for years until Leaving finally was released), the mastermind behind the project sets himself apart from his peers due in no small part to his background in sound. Planning For Burial’s brand of dark shoegaze/gloomgaze is hard to categorize, but it’s sound contains elements of slowcore, shoegaze, doom, drone, 90’s alt rock, 80’s goth, and black metal, while never being defined by any one of those genres.

Over the course of the last four years, Planning for Burial has been sporadically popping up in live venues (sharing the stage with a wide breadth of musical compatriots from Chelsea Wolfe to Deafheaven while seeming out of place at none) along the east and west coasts and releasing a slew of EPs and splits on various labels. Now, as Planning for Burial gears up to release Desideratum, the band will also perform a series of live shows – tour dates can be found below. PFB commented, “These new songs were designed to be played live, unlike my first album.” He continued, “I was making changes to sequencing/lyrics/arrangement in a live setting over the last three years rather than tinkering with it at home. When I finally made time to record Desideratum, it actually happened rather quickly since everything was already worked out.”

The album will be released on CD and Vinyl formats with artwork again created by longtime collaborator Niels Geybels.

Pre-sale info and song premieres coming soon. In the meantime, see Planning for Burial on the road:
03/22: Philadelphia, PA @ Fort Tender
03/23: Norfolk, VA @ The Iguana
03/24: Asheville, NC @ Mothlight w/ Deafheaven
03/25: Augusta, GA @ Vice Versa
03/26: Nashville, TN @ TBA
03/27: Louisville, KY @ Haymarket Whiskey Bar
03/28: Cincinnati, OH @ Rake’s End
03/29: Champaign, IL @ Thee Deathtower
03/30: Muskegon, MI @ The Pothole
03/31: Columbus, OH @ Carabar

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White Suns track posting

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Tiny Mix Tapes has posted a track “Priest In The Laboratory” off of White Suns’ upcoming full-length Totem.

Check it!

White Suns’ “Totem” is rock music realizing its obsolescence, the work of a band compelled to mutate. White Suns sculpts organic noise with detuned guitars, amplified drums, and makeshift electronics. With aural explorations beginning at the intersection of punk and electronics-based noise, White Suns oscillates between crushingly dense assaults and articulate hushed passages.Renowned recording engineer Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Swans, Foetus) provided documentation of the performance in his labyrinthine BC Studio compound.

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Now Shipping – Have a Nice Life “The Unnatural World”

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We are now shipping vinyl copies of The Unnatural World by Have a Nice Life.

The Unnatural World is eight-songs and 47 minutes. The Unnatural World is Have A Nice Life’s most monumental work yet—a colossally-sounding, perfectly-orchestrated example of industrial shoegaze. The Unnatural World will leave fans comatose on the ground near their record player. This second full length promises doom and gloom at a new level, more focused and soul tearing than ever. Dredging up themes of modern legend, religious insecurity, and crushing depression, the weight of sound is matched only by the band’s piercingly uncomfortable and personal lyrics. Wave after overwhelming wave will slam listeners down into the psychological depths of existentialism and woe. Much like its predecessor release, the band’s 2008 full-length Deathconsciousness, the same intense energy is maintained throughout the quiet lows and staggering highs of The Unnatural World. No speaker will do it justice and none of you are worthy!

This is a co-release with Enemies List Home Recordings. All aspects of the release have been overseen and approved by the band.

As of right now all orders have been shipped except those placed within the past 48 hours.

Order direct from The Flenser.

Order direct from Enemies List SOON!

Stream/Download from Bandcamp, Amazon, iTunes & Spotify

Wholesale copies can be ordered exclusively from Revolver USA.

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Pre-sale: Vaura & White Suns

We are now taking pre-orders for the upcoming White Suns album “Totem” as well as the vinyl edition of Vaura’s most recent full-length “The Missing.” Both albums will be released in March.

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Vaura – The Missing DLP

Double Lp edition 500 copies.
300 copies on black vinyl.
200 copies on – Cyan haze over Kelly green colored vinyl.
Comes with a 24″x24″ double sided poster and a gatefold jacket. Artwork by Terence Hannum.
The release date is 3/17/14. Pre-orders are expected to ship before then; however, vinyl manufacturing is unpredictable and delays are possible.

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Vaura has perfected a cohesive sound out of a mixture of vastly different genres including, ’80’s goth, black metal, and progressive rock. Vaura is an all-star cast of Brooklyn avant grade and metal musicians, featuring Joshua Strawn (Azar Swan) on vocals, Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysthymia), drummer Charlie Schmid, and avant-grade cult superstar Toby Driver on bass (Secret Chiefs 3, Kayo Dot, Maudlin of the Well). Despite the often complex musicality of the members other projects, Vaura’s sound is more streamlined with atmospheric mid-80’s vocals mixed with a hypnotic rhythm section intersected with black metal blast beats, chorus-laden guitars, and synthy overtones.

The Missing was originally issued on CD by Profound Lore Records to great critical acclaim appearing on many year end lists. Vaura’s debut album, Selenelion was released by New York’s Weird Records in 2012.

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White Suns – Totem CD/LP pre-sale

Vinyl LP on black or bone-colored vinyl with an insert. Colored vinyl is limited to 200 copies.

CD comes in a digipack and is available as a discounted package deal. Shipping mid March 2014.

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White Suns “Totem” is rock music realizing its obsolescence, the work of a band compelled to mutate. White Suns sculpts organic noise with detuned guitars, amplified drums, and makeshift electronics.  With aural explorations beginning at the intersection of punk and electronics-based noise White Suns oscillates between crushingly dense assaults and articulate hushed passages.

Brooklyn’s White Suns has existed since 2006 and is comprised of members Kevin Barry, Dana Matthiessen and Rick Visser.  White Suns have released two full-length albums – Waking In The Reservoir (UgExplode, 2011) and Sinews (Load, 2012) – along with a handful of small-run releases. Their material has received accolades from the New Yorker, SPIN, Pitchfork, and Tiny Mix Tapes among others. White Suns has extensively toured the U.S. and garnered a reputation as a threatening and intense live act.

White Suns third album, Totems, is being released by SF-based dark music label The Flenser. Totems features, their signature onslaught but is tempered by deadened stares and slow-burn instrumentals.  Renowned recording engineer Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Swans, Foetus) provided documentation of the performance in his labyrinthine BC Studio compound.

White Suns – Totem:
1 Priest In The Laboratory
2 Prostrate
3 Disjecta Membra
4 Cathexis
5 Fossil Record
6 Clairvoyant
7 World-Lock
8 Line of Smoke
9 Carrion
Total running time: 40:48

12 inch vinyl with an insert. Co
The following is a track from White Suns previous album. Audio/video postings soon.

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“Burial Society” by Have a Nice Life

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Flenso 30% off sale!

The end of year Flenso SALE is on! Use code APOCALYPSE2013 at checkout for 30% off almost all items.

Good for the rest of 2013. That’s until December 31 at 11:59pm (PST).

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White Suns Announcement

80ww_whitesunssmallThe Flenser is pleased to announce The Flensers collaboration with Brooklyn based noise institution White Suns.

White Suns has existed since 2006 and is comprised of members Kevin Barry, Dana Matthiessen and Rick Visser. The band sculpts sound using detuned guitars, amplified drums, and makeshift electronics. Their aural explorations begin at the intersection of punk and electronics-based noise, oscillating between crushingly dense assaults and articulate hushed passages.

While in NYC, White Suns have released two full-length albums – Waking In The Reservoir (UgExplode, 2011) and Sinews (Load, 2012) – along with a handful of small-run releases. Their material has received accolades from the New Yorker, SPIN, Pitchfork, and Tiny Mix Tapes among others. White Suns has extensively toured the U.S. and garnered a reputation as a threatening and intense live act.

In March of 2014, White Suns will release their third album, Totem, on SF-based dark music label The Flenser on vinyl, CD and digital formats. On this album, their signature onslaught is tempered by deadened stares and slow-burn instrumentals. Renowned recording engineer Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Swans, Foetus) provided documentation of the performance in his labyrinthine BC Studio compound. Totem is rock music realizing its obsolescence; the work of a band compelled to mutate.

Song and video premieres from White Suns’ Totem coming soon in 2014.

White Suns – Totem Track Listing:
1 Priest In The Laboratory
2 Prostrate
3 Disjecta Membra
4 Cathexis
5 Fossil Record
6 Clairvoyant
7. World Lock
8. Line of Smoke
9. Carrion

“An expressionist masterwork.” – SPIN

“…an exact midpoint where noise’s anarchy can squeeze inside the lines of muscular punk.” – Pitchfork

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NPR posts new Have a nice life track

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NPR has posted the new Have a Nice Life track, “Defenestration Song.”

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Have a Nice Life’s “The Unnatural World” will be released on February 4th 2014 on digital and vinyl formats. This will be the band’s first new full-length in six years.

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